College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

NASA Space Act Agreement expands NDE capabilities in high-frequency microwave/millimeter wave testing

Iowa State University’s microwave and millimeter wave nondestructive evaluation laboratory, directed by Reza Zoughi at Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), will expand its capabilities through a new partnership with NASA.

Through a Space Act Agreement (SAA), NASA Marshal Space Flight Center (MSFC) will loan a microwave/millimeter wave performance network analyzer that makes possible measurements up to 325 GHz, significantly improving this laboratory’s range of high-frequency testing capabilities.

Laser Technology Inc. shearography camera donation advances CNDE capabilities

Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) has donated a LTI-2100 Digital Shearography Camera and its accessories to Iowa State University’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE).

The gift will expand CNDE’s research and education capabilities into shearography, a laser interferometric imaging NDE technique for detecting and measuring a range of defects on metallic and composite materials.

AerE’s Stephen Holland Selected Fellow of American Society for Nondestructive Testing  

Stephen Holland, associate professor of aerospace engineering and associate director of Iowa State’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) class of 2021. Since joining Iowa State in 2006, Holland has made significant contributions to multiple aerospace and NDE research and teaching innovations.

CNDE graduate research assistant Katelyn Brinker receives Grand Apex Award for outstanding communications

Katelyn Brinker, graduate research assistant with the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) and co-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Public Relations and Communications Committee, has been named a recipient of a Grand Apex Award.

Two CNDE Students Win First Place in Best Student Contest Paper by I2MTC

Anna Case, graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, and Aaron McCarville, senior in electrical and computer engineering, won first place in the Best Student Paper Contest from the IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference. The conference was held virtually from May 17-20.  The title of the paper is “Microwave Quantification of Porosity Level in 3D Printed Polymers,” based on research lead by Reza Zoughi, director of …Continue reading “Two CNDE Students Win First Place in Best Student Contest Paper by I2MTC”

CNDE researchers awarded patent for microwave reflectometry innovations

M.T. Al Qaseer (M.T. Ghasr), associate scientist at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) and Reza Zoughi, director of CNDE, have been awarded a patent titled “Microwave Reflectometry for Physical Inspections.” According to the patent abstract the invention is “utilizing microwave reflections to compare a reference device with counterfeit and / or aging devices under …Continue reading “CNDE researchers awarded patent for microwave reflectometry innovations”

Start to Finish sculpture, representing ASC-based collaboration and innovation, is restored

The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and University Museums partnered in the conservation of Start to Finish, a large sculpture representing the research, collaboration and innovation that takes place at the Applied Science Complex. Conservators with the University of Northern Iowa’s Public Art Incubator sandblasted the original paint, removed rust from within the columns and carefully repainted the sculpture to exactly match the paint to the artist’s original intent.

Research in nondestructive evaluation, thermal imaging leads to a national award for Cyclone Engineers

A team of Cyclone Engineers are the recipients of a national award in part because of advancements they have made in the field of nondestructive evaluation, specifically in thermal imaging. Hantang Qin, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) at Iowa State University, is the lead on the project titled “Data fusion approaches …Continue reading “Research in nondestructive evaluation, thermal imaging leads to a national award for Cyclone Engineers”

CNDE’s Zhang Zhan named to ASNT inaugural RISE leadership development program

Zhang Zhan, associate scientist at Iowa State University’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), has been selected for the American Society for Nondestructive Testing’s inaugural class of the RISE Leadership Development Program for NDT Professionals.

Faculty Zoughi and Al Qaseer receive IEEE APS Prize Paper Award

Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) faculty Reza Zoughi and Mohammad T. Al Qaseer have been awarded the 2020 IEEE Harold A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award for their outstanding work in their academic paper entitled, “A Compact Microwave Camera Based on Chaotic Excitation Synthetic-Aperture Radar (CESAR).” This award is presented …Continue reading “Faculty Zoughi and Al Qaseer receive IEEE APS Prize Paper Award”

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